Biting flies, mosquitoes, and tics aren’t just a nuisance. They are a danger.
These bugs carry diseases that cause acute and chronic illnesses.
That’s why today we’re going to discuss which essential oils keep mosquitoes away.
Should you happen to get bit, I’ll suggest the best essential oils for mosquito bites and repellent.
At the end of the article, you’ll discover a couple of homemade repellent recipes, too.
Let’s begin with why bugs bite some people more than others.
What Makes You a Target for Mosquitoes?
As you try to protect yourself from bug bites, there are factors you can control and some you can’t.
For example, about 20% of all humans are especially attractive to mosquitoes (1). Some of that’s genetic.
Blood type plays a major role. Type O is delicious, Type B less so, and Type A least of all.
Next, people who exhale more carbon dioxide draw more mosquitoes. The bugs can sense it from more than half a football field away.
Plus, people with higher body temperature, like those who have been exercising and sweating, are easier for mosquitoes to locate. Unfortunately, this applies to pregnant women as well.
Even drinking a beer or wearing dark blue, red, or black clothing makes you easier to spot.
But wearing or diffusing repellent can stack the odds in your favor. [Read more…]